Volunteerism sparkles during Fourth of July
L-R, Jack Pierre and Nolan Burns (both 13 and Maple School eighth graders) with Iannis Moshovitis, 14, a GBN freshman, representing Boy Scout Troop 162 on July 4. Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
The Northbrook Fourth of July Liberty Loop began with a bang at 7:30 a.m., but more with the sound of an air horn near Techny Road where approximately 350 participants enjoyed the Northbrook Park District race.
“I grew up in Northbrook and we’re back for the fourth to run in the race,” said Parker Weil of New Jersey, a 1983 Glenbrook North High School graduate.
Weil brought his wife, Lori, and their two children, Natalie, 14, and Davis, 12.
“It’s particularly hot but well organized,” said JoJo Hebl, an eight-year Northbrook resident.
Her friends Emily McGinnis, Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Nielsen, all of Northbrook, joined Hebl before enjoying the Village Green Pancakes in the Park.
“Gets everybody pumped up for the fourth,” Lawrence said.
“To go and eat some pancakes,” added Nielsen.
“I like them plain,” said McGinnis of her flapjacks.
That sounded good, especially when members of Northbrook Boy Scout Troop 162 were dressed to grill.
“Even though this year’s Fourth of July is in our memory bank,” said Sharon Latek, of the Fourth of July Association, “we are already looking ahead to planning 2013 and we encourage all to consider volunteering and supporting the Fourth of July year-round.”
By 2:30 p.m. the Northbrook Mile-Long Parade was grand in 102-degree tie-breaking record temperatures.
Randi Gillespie of Northbrook with her children Maddy, 7; Sarah, 8; and Liam, 4, stood at Cherry and Cedar lanes enjoying free lollipops and sunglasses courtesy of the Pioneer Press parade car.
By sundown at the Meadowhill Velodrome, the fireworks and Fourth of July Association Bucket Brigade smiles sparkled under a starry sky.
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